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DARK COVE (2016): Review…A Great First Effort

A group of friends go out camping and befriend a group of strangers — however, when one of the strangers tries to rape one of the girls, it triggers psychological issues (and killing tendencies) in one of the group members. Is the group safe, or is he just going to hack up the strangers?

Dark Cove  was a tough one folks. I have to give the editor, composer, and color artist kudos on this one because the film looked great. Where the film lacked was in the acting and a very slow moving story arc.

The film starts out decent enough with the male cast of the group burying a body, with a great low-angle shot of the guys looking down at the burial. However, for the next 42 minutes (give or take a few), we are subject to bad humor that is poorly acted and, to be honest, dialogue that was so juvenile that all the male characters creeped me the hell out. I was questioning why any females would get into a car and go camping with these guys. I certainly know of people using some sexually sarcastic banter here and there, but it’s almost every line in the film it seems, and if it’s not, there’s still too much if that’s all I remember.

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The 42 minutes where character development would normally take place, where we would either identify with one of the characters on a personal level or care about any  of them, DARK COVE just developed the male characters as sex-starved, foul-mouthed, immature beings that I really wanted to see die horribly. Unfortunately that’s not the case — it’s the more interesting (and better acted) characters that get offed, in an off-camera, bloodless way.

The film is written, directed, and stars Rob Willey. Willey, as a director, has some chops and has done a lot more here with telling a story with camera setups than some more prolific filmmakers. When there was tension, action, or drama, the camera set ups were spot on and inventive — I really like the visuals of the film, and the score.

I know you may be thinking this review is a bit harsh; it’s not, there are a lot of things I really  liked about the film, but there was just too much I wasn’t  a fan of, as well. I will certainly keep an eye on Rob Willey and his upcoming works, because there is a lot  of potential here!

 

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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of LeglessCorpse.com and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.

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